Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
I interact with hundreds of patients each week and get asked a lot of questions. On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.
Anything good you’ve seen in all this mess over the past week? There is always good, yes. One of the things I believe strongly in is that every person must have a code that they live by. Your code is your sense of morality, principles, and beliefs. It is essentially what will guide every decision you make and will let you know instantly whether it’s right or wrong by how you feel afterwards. If you can rest easy after a decision then you followed your code, if not then you haven’t.
I saw a perfect example of this over the weekend when a white police officer found himself separated from his squad with an angry crowd closing in around him. Instantly several black men came to his aid and locked arms, surrounding and protecting him. I showed this to my sons and pointed out how amazing this was. Those men were out there to express themselves over an injustice that had occurred. But as mad as they must have been, their code would not allow them to have someone else that did not deserve to become victimized be allowed to come to harm in front of them whether he was a policeman or not. I found this act to be of the highest character possible – making a selfless and moral decision though it was not a popular one in the highest stress situation imaginable. It’s been a bad week, but those men are just one example of the good that we are capable of.
Something you’ve enjoyed lately? On Saturday night my family and I went out to a nice restaurant and enjoyed a great meal together for the first time since March. The restaurants in the area were all very busy and other than the wait staff wearing masks it all felt very normal. After dinner we got ice cream and the kids played in a large park. It was great to see so many people out and happy again. My personal belief is that since the stated goals of the quarantine of slowing the spread of the virus and keeping hospitals from becoming overwhelmed have been achieved (whether due to quarantine or not); it’s time to re-open and return to normal. Staying inside was never intended (or able) to cure the virus so I believe it’s time to get back out there for those that feel comfortable doing so. I greatly enjoyed doing this myself and seeing so many others doing so as well.
Is there a simple workout you like? Yes. I often enjoy doing do what I call “on the minute” workouts. Simply choose an exercise to complete (commonly I’ll use pushups, pull ups or air squats but it can be any exercise really) and select a number of repetitions that you’ll complete every minute for a specified period of time (I usually do 20-30 minutes). Here’s how I’d do a squat workout for example:
For 30 minutes I will do 20 air squats on the minute. So, if I start at 8am my first set of 20 reps might take me say 35 seconds. So, I’ll then I wait until it’s 8:01 and do my second set. Then I wait until 8:02 for my next one and so on until I’ve completed 30 minutes. I will often do this type of workout as sort of a “bonus” workout when I feel like moving around but not doing anything all that complex. As an example, I did this work out a couple weeks ago as I watched the golf match with Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, etc. Super simple and effective.
Something I am encouraging people to do now? We are living through a tough time and whether we want to believe it or not, it takes a toll on even the strongest of us mentally. When you are burdened mentally one of the best things you can do to physiologically help yourself is to exercise. I recommend that especially in these times you find some way to exercise daily. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or complicated but give yourself that release by putting your body in motion. This will help you improve your mindset, keep your energy high and allow you to deal with the current events better I promise.
Some quotes I love?
“People want to take your spot until the realize what it takes to play your position.” – Ray “Cash” Care
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”
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